VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) is the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color. VONA centers and honors the traditions and aesthetics of writers of color to provide a space for their work and learning. Through our focus on this expanded definition of craft, VONA fosters the open and honest expression of personal and political writing often marginalized almost everywhere else. Our organization and writing classes engage the work of social justice and build a global community of writers of color.
Over 2,400 writers from around the globe have participated in VONA since 1999. Cinelle Barnes, Elaine Castillo, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Patricia Engel, Daisy Hernandez, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Tayari Jones, Lisa Ko, John Murillo, Daniel Jose Older, Ingrid Rojas, Danez Smith, and Rich Villar are among the more than 400 alumni who have published books, receiving literary prizes and international recognition.
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